5 Reactions to the FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer

Philip Bump

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President Donald Trump speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2018. |

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump penned a Monday analysis noting that "the bar for obtaining a warrant was higher than normal."

"The Cohen search warrant almost certainly included decision-making or approval on the part of the second-highest-ranking person at the Justice Department [deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein], a federal judge and the U.S. attorney or an assistant attorney general," explained Bump.

"Before it was executed, the team would have needed to check a number of boxes meant to reduce the likelihood of improperly seizing privileged material and to make the case to a judge that evidence of criminal behavior would probably be found."

Bump also acknowledged that it is unknown what specifically the FBI was searching for and what they eventually found, much less whether what they found will hinder or advance various investigations.

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